The Queue, Vidal Sassoon – 1980

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo (from a laser copy): Lorraine Sylvestre

Photo (from a laser copy): Lorraine Sylvestre

There was a fencing and romantic theme to Vidal Sassoon’s 1980 Queue Collection.  The hair was romantic, the shirts had frills and ruffles, very new that season.  The Queue made short hair long, in a flash.  For both him and her.  The all-in-one hair ornament, invented by Avram of Vidal Sassoon, NY, included a brushed gold bow to cover the ponytail, clipped onto the hair in one simple movement.

For more on The Queue, and a great anecdote, click 

Her Hair: Avram, His Hair: Barbara Melser, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel …  Models: Lynn Snowden and Avram … Photo (scan from a laser copy here, original lost) : Lorraine Sylvestre

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John Sahag, Rachel’s Saga, Part 11 – 1996

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

Prep Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

This is Rachel, six months after Rachel’s saga began when her hair turned green after swimming in a pool filled with chlorine.  John Sahag with colorist Jennifer Chune to the rescue.   They let her black roots grow in and here Sahag, in what he called a burst of creative energy, took her haircut somewhere else.  He called it the Multi Cut because it had unlimited multi-shapes in one cut and integrated Rachel’s new re-growth for a totally modern approach to color.  These are prep photos I took, the hair almost done but not fully camera finished by Sahag.  But he liked them enough to include them in the press release.

The photographer did not shoot in color but you can see the color here and the multi shapes in the other photos of the Collection.  For more versions,  how-to handle after swim hair problems, and much more on the Rachel Saga Part 11,click here and scroll and and forth. 

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, 19o96 … Color: Jennifer Chune … Makeup: Susan Houser … Fashion Styling: Lisa Von Weisse …  Fashions: Elisa Jimenez/The Hunger World …  Model: Rachel Bick … Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

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Antonio da Costa Rocha In Action – 1977

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Antonio da Costa Rocha in Action - 1997

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Eighth in a series featuring the talent in action working on photos in the Archives.

Antonio da Costa Rocha, The King of Chignons, was beloved by the society ladies and major press in New York and before that in Montreal.  The Portuguese-born hairdresser, always an original, created chignons like no one else. Before he sadly passed away, far too young, he even published a book, on poetry.

Here, he is concentrating as he worked on his Swim Knot in 1977. (The photo was sent to me by the model, Oksana Dykyj, in 2013. )   One image from this Collection was featured in Italian Vogue, albeit small, but there!

For more on Antonio’s Swim Knot in the MishMash album, click here     Also, check the website – HairThen, La Coupe, 70s and 80s –  for more hair history and albums with Antonio’s innovative chignons.

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

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Odile Gilbert In Action Backstage – 2009

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Seventh in a series featuring the talent in action working on photos in the Archives.

Odile Gilbert, one of the great hairdressers of all time, sees something she’s not sure about backstage for Sebastian at Catherine Malandrino’s Fall 2009 NY Fashion Week show, which took place at the Rainbow Room.  I always loved this photo, and the hair and the fashions at one of my favorite fashions shows.  For more Odile, the surreal fashions, the hairstyles and hair color, plus some how-to’s, click the two albums top right here:

Photo: Helen Oppenheim.

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Edward Tricomi Cuts Hair Bergdorf’s Window – 2011

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Edward Tricomi aka Edward Scissorhands

Edward Tricomi aka Edward Scissorhands

Sixth in a series featuring the talent in action working on photos in the Archives.

This is Edward Tricomi, also known as Edward Scissorhands for his signature cutting technique, like no other.  He is in action here making magic as he cuts blue hair in 2011 during a very classy promotion, in the window of the very prestigious Bergdorf Goodman Department Store on Fifth Avenue. Now this is a good idea to help promote a salon!   For more Edward Tricomi of Warren-Tricomi Salons, visit WorldGreats, click here:

Photo by Edward Tricomi’s Assistant.

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Romantic Boudoir Hair – 1987

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

A romantic feeling from La Coupe, in 1987.  Hair for the boudoir.  Kim Lepine introduced The New Curl in the Boudoir Hair Collection – a tiny, angel-like curl. She said at the time that The New Direction was small heads, closer to the head, with softly rounded but a definite “V” back. ‘No more squared-off, cut-across or cut-up napes,”  advised Lepine the trend-setter whose backs of heads were always feminine and pretty, whether her hairstyles were short, medium, long, straight or curly. A trend in the late 80s, the look is still relevant today.   For more Boudoir Hair, more versions, how-to’s and details, click here

Hair:  Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1987 … Texture: Rita Starnella  … Model Lori Hope … Fashion Styling: Aleta Wolf-Gentile … Photo: Geoffrey Hargraves Thomas.   Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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A Collage Mistake, Revisiting Favorites – 2011

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Dancing Hair Photos by Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas … Origami Hair Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Dancing Hair Photos by Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas … Origami Hair Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Sometimes, mistakes can be beautiful.  Right, a collage which just happened, a mistake.  But so interesting, I thought you’d like to see it.  Top and to both sides are photos from the website cover (Dancing Hair, La Coupe’s Antonio da Costa Rocha, 1986) and center are photos from Carolina Herrera’s Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week Spring 2011 (Orlando Pita’s Origami Hair.)  All photos just happen to be my all-time favorites.  Revisited, the Origami Hair to left, a beautiful innovative hair idea,  the kind of hair not seen often enough at NY Fashion Weeks!

For more Dancing Hair and a video of Fred and Ginger Dancing Cheek to Cheek in Top Hat, click here:
For more Origami Hair, backstage photos, more versions and fashions, click here: 

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Romantic large brimmed Easter Hat – 2013

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Romantic Hat for Easter

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

It’s Easter Sunday, put on your Easter hat today! Here’s a large brimmed hat shown at the Douglas Hannant Spring 2013 NY Fashion Week show held at the New York Historical Society.  There was a romantic red rose on the other side.  Fab forever. Whimsical hair by Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi Salons was created to go with the lighthearted Douglas Hannant Fashions. For more on the hair and makeup at this show, click here

Hair: Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi Salons … Makeup: Mikey Castillo, Le Metier de Beauté … Photo: Helen Oppenheim

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